TIME OF THE ROOK: TALES OF THE ROOK BOOK ONE

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CHAPTER 11: DEVIL IN THE DETAILS PART ONE

“Warden Johnson, report to C- block! Repeat, Warden Johnson; report to C- block! New prisoner transfer commencing in twenty- five minutes…..”

“….. Come with me doctor..... Your first duty as prisoner physician will be to examine any transfers from Leavonworth….. You need only make certain there are no visible signs of brutality, that lay outside the prisoners’ most recent check- up…..”

“The system of rotation? Are all registered prisoners assigned to C- block during the integration of new prisoners being processed?”

….. I told the mayor that I needed somebody that has worked in prisons before!”

“….. Budget- cuts!”

“Right! Dugan?”

“Yes- Warden?”

Give the doc here a copy of standard prisoner procedures and bring me a copy of the doctor’s file will you? Procedures you know?”

“Right!”

….. Simms is the name huh?”

Doctor Henry Simms…..”

“….. It seems I’ve heard that name before.....”

“You have my credentials.....”

“….. Right..... Meet us at C- block Dugan, and shake your tail!”

“Yes- Warden!”

“….. Dugan? He a model prisoner?”

“Yes, he is! Most of our outstanding prisoners are given civic- active progressive work related duties, before they can be transferred to any other facility…..”

“I hear there is a rare circumstance on the island of chance in prisoner escape…..”

“Right! We may have many of the problems associated with other prisons, but known frequent escapes; they are not part of the problem….. We do have a good number of original problems in keeping honest men, and at times women; on hand, to aid in maintaining prisoner health…….... Many an incident has given us cause, to seek out replacement doctors for the hospital block; on numerous occasions…..”

“….. That’s a comforting thought.....”

“Not to worry doc..... I managed to get a quick look at your file….. I believe that you are going to fit right in- here…..”

“I hope so Warden Johnson….. I do hope so…..”


TRINITY METHODIST EPISCOPOL CHURCH

“Thanks for meeting up with me here Boots! I have a real problem, and I am not sure how to approach you with this problem…..”

“….. Now, you’ve got me worried Rook..... What’s this problem?”

“….. Conspiracy…..”

“Conspiracy? Not in the L.A.P.D?”

“….. I’m afraid so Boots…..”

“……... Can’t be Rook…..…. We have maintained one of the best of civilian service records…..”

“Can you think of any reason that your superiors may be under the thumb of Mickey Augustus Dolor?”

“….. Geese Rook? Every time you approach me with a problem, it is always more than I feel one man can handle…..”

“….. You’re the man Boots! I know that I can trust at least you…..”

“….. Drugs….. Drugs, and guns…..”

“What’s that Boots?”

“….. I hate to admit it, but we’ve had a miniscule amount of drugs and guns disappear from evidence lock- up; at our downtown station…..”

“….. Guns and drugs huh? Sounds like mob pay- off to me Boots…..”

“….. In the- larger sense of importance, the number of disappearances from lock- up; and the amounts of what is lost, is insignificant; even to internal affairs Rook…..”

….... Can you think of anything else? Inappropriate release of prisoners, numbers of mysterious prisoner or officer deaths?”

…... Yeah! Come to think of it….. We have had a strange amount of random medical professional deaths in prisoner facilities…..”

“Prisoner facilities? You, mean like Alcatraz Island?”

“Especially the Alcatraz Island facility…….... Most of these deaths however have been blamed on lack of proper civil authority within the hospital block…..”

“….... I see….... Missing guns and drugs in so small the quantity, as to deter any real investigations from digging in too deep. Mysterious medical professional deaths at multiple facilities….. Negligence! It is a frequent cover for many an association of organized crime…..”

“….. Have you got something Rook?”

“….. I’m afraid so Boots! I’m going to need a little more information…..”

“Swell! Do you know what I have to go through, to allow a private detective access to our files?”

“….. Like I said Boots….. You’re the man.....”

“Right, and if I’m not really careful; a dead one, too!”


REEVES’ BEACH SIDE HOME

“Well, well, well Jarvis? Where does a detective come up with so much dough?”

“Beg your pardon Ma’am?”

“Sorry, Graves I mean of course…..”

.…. Reverend Samuel Reeves, is the owner and proprietor of this home…..”

“Friend of the family?”

“.…. It depends Miss Minerva, on what family is currently on your thoughts…..”

“.…. The Rook..... He has quite a cabinet of trusted alliances, doesn’t he?”

“.….. That seems to be a reasonable observation…... Shall I put away your belongings, and draw you a hot bath Ma’am?”

“Graves, I would love a hot bath..... That, and a bottle of one of Reeves’ finest wines…..”

“Yes Ma’am..... Mister Reeves, he is to be expected in a day or two…... We may need to consider a new safe house, if this business has not been concluded by then…..”

“.…. Fancy place, good service? So much here for one lady to appreciate…..”

“Yes Ma’am….. I shall start a hot bath for you immediately, and provide for you of any necessities you may need…..”

“Thank you Graves! I’ll be in my room if you will be so kind to show me the way…..”

“At your service Miss Minerva….. I shall knock on your door when your bath has been prepared…..”


ALCATRAZ

“Crunch and Slash huh? Want to tell me your real names?”

“.…. It ain’t required, until our day in court…..”

.…. Right! Go and bother somebody else will you? Slash and I, we just want to claim our bunks; so we might get us some sleep…..”

“Should we separate these prisoners Warden?”

“.…. No, I really don’t think that will be necessary…..The tough guy, he can protect the little guy…..”

“That’s not exactly protocol warden…..”

“You are here to guard prisoners, not to question my decisions! Just stand there, and do your job!”

“.…. Yes Warden!”

“Look these two over carefully Doc?”

“Right away!”

“Warden? Here are the files you requested…..”

Thank you, Dugan! Take five huh? I have some business to deal with….. After your break, report to B- block; they have need of janitorial services…..”

“Thank you Warden!”

“.…. Files huh? That’s rich….. Yo ain’t got nothing on us copper…..”

“.…. It is no wonder you boys hide your name with so many aliases.....”

“.…. Just part of the job Warden…..”

“Right..... If you consider breaking and entering, automobile theft, armed robbery, and the possession of illegal narcotics; a job.....”

“It’s a living…..”

“.…. What do you say Doc?”

“The two prisoners are okay, on physicians medical visual inspection…..”

“Good! Return to my office for your report binder….….. I’ll be back up there in a few minutes to finish up on your paperwork…..”
“Right away Warden.....”

“.…. It looks like you two boys are deserving of special treatment…..”

“.…. What’s that supposed to mean?”

The feds Crunch..... The feds will want to question us, ain’t that right Warden?”

“Right..... In the mean time, the two of you are in the wrong block….. Guard?”

“Sir?”

“Gather three more of your men and escort these two mob hooligans to D- block…..”

“Yes Warden!”

“.…. D- block?! Wait a minute Warden! We ain’t been committing no murders! Why are we being transferred to D- block?”

“.…. Security reasons! Now, it would be in your best interests to shut your mouths and do what you are told to do!”

“Whatever you say Warden. Just you remember, the feds; they won’t like it if something happens to us in D- block…..”

.…. Move them out of here boys….. Separate them into individual cells…..”

“Yes Warden!”


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